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From Climate Extra

California air regulators have unveiled a long-awaited proposal to set aggressive zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales mandates for new passenger vehicles that would ramp up requirements to reach 100 percent ZEV sales by 2035, likely bolstering calls for the Biden administration to set federal emissions standards that achieve such a goal.

EPA Region 10 has told a mining company that reached a novel Superfund settlement late in the Trump administration to voluntarily clean up abandoned mining waste on lands it now controls that it does not have unlimited protection from liability under the Superfund law, rebuffing public statements by the company.

From Inside TSCA

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released its final toxicological profile for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), preserving without changes the minimal risk levels (MRLs) it proposed in 2018 -- all at levels more conservative than those EPA has used to craft its own exposure limits.

Despite President Joe Biden’s proposed $5 million increase in fiscal year 2022 for the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Environment & Natural Resources Division (ENRD) to bolster environmental justice enforcement (EJ) in line with his top priorities, industry sources and environmentalists say it is unclear how ENRD will use the funds.

From Climate Extra

Harvard researchers are detailing the adverse health impacts from burning biomass and other combustion fuels for power generation, findings that could bolster efforts by some agriculture industry groups who are asking EPA to exempt use of agriculture residues in non-combustion processes, such as bioplastics production, from greenhouse gas permitting.